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      May 15 & 16, 2021


      Virtual Bird Bash is an online event that connects people all over the world to Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and the birds that we protect. Watch us band birds, attend our virtual workshops, learn more about our conservation efforts, enter our raffle, and more! Show your support for our conservation work by making a donation, buying our merchandise, bidding in our auction, or even becoming a sponsor! All proceeds go to GCBO and our conservation efforts.

      HOW TO ATTEND THE EVENT:
      This event will take place on Facebook and our website. The event is free and public to view, so even if you don't have a Facebook account, you can still view our videos and other content.
      To attend the event, go to our Facebook page on May 15 and 16 at the designated times (see schedule). Comment on our live videos to interact with us. Or visit our website to buy merchandise and donate.

      Watch our bird banding live stream from Virtual Bird Bash 2020

      Schedule

      Saturday, May 15 2021

      8:00 AM- 10:00 PM  Bird Banding and Adoption

      Watch on Facebook Live to see our  monthly bird banding session. Interact with our banders, volunteers and staff live as they answer your questions and tell you about the birds we catch. Each bird will be available for symbolic adoption on our website here. Learn more here.

      12:00-4:00 PM  Workshops and Presentations

      We are so excited to welcome our special guests, who are experts in their fields and eager to share their knowledge. Whether live on Zoom or prerecorded, these will be broadcasted on our Facebook page.

      12:00 PM  Dana Simon: Wildlife Rescue

      Dana Simon and Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue care for injured wildlife, returning them back to the wild when they are healed. She will give us a look at the animals in her facility and how she looks after them.

      1:00 PM Stu Mackenzie: MOTUS Wildlife Tracking System

      Stuart Mackenzie is the Director of Migration Ecology at Birds Canada. Learn about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, used by GCBO for some of our research projects, uses cooperative automated radio telemetry to track individual organisms.

      2:00 PM  Kelly Ball: Redstart Birding 

      Kelly Ball of Redstart Birding and Bird Watcher's Digest will help us navigate one of the most stressful parts of bird watching: choosing equipment! With advice about which optics are right for you, Kelly and Redstart Birding will also be offering a discount code for optics for those who attend Bird Bash.

      3:00 PM  Mary Anne Weber: Owls 

      Mary Anne Weber is the Education Director at Houston Audubon. She will be giving a live owl presentation featuring the owls that she teaches with at the Houston Audubon raptor center.

      Sunday, May 16, 2021

      8:00 AM- 1:00 PM  Workshops and Presentations 

      We are so excited to welcome our special guests, who are experts in their fields and eager to share their knowledge. Whether live on Zoom or prerecorded, these will be broadcasted on our Facebook page.

      8:00 AM Taylor Bennett: Beach Nesting Birds

      Taylor Bennett is Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's Coastal Biologist. She will discuss the nesting habits of Wilson's Plovers and other beach nesting birds, which are the subject of GCBO's research.

      9:00 AM Martin Hagne: Bird Strikes

      Martin Hagne is the Executive Director of Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. He will address one of the top threats to bird populations: bird collisions against windows, cell towers, and other man-made objects.

      10:00 AM Kelsey Low: Houston Arboretum

      Kelsey Low is the Senior Naturalist, adult programs manager, and resident ornithologist at the Houston Arboretum. She will help us get to know the special roll that plants play in our ecosystem.

      12:00 PM  Kelly Drinnen: The Reefs at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

      Kelly Drinnen is the Education and Outreach Specialist at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. She will discuss the sanctuary, the reefs it protects, and the marine life it contains.

      1:00 PM  Kelly Martin: Marine Debris

      Join American Bird Conservancy's Kelly Martin for a study of the affects of beach trash on wildlife.  This is part of our joint SPLASh program, focused on alleviating this issue in our area.

      2:00 PM Kay & Robert Lookingbill: Raptor Banding

      Kay and Robert Lookingbill are licensed bird banders and research associates of GCBO. Yesterday you saw them band passerines, and today you can see how they band raptors!

      3:00 PM   Raffle Closes

      Last call to buy raffle tickets! We won't be selling any more tickets after 3:00 PM.

      3:30 PM   Raffle Drawing and Closing Sentiments

      Closing Live Stream on Facebook Live featuring raffle ticket draw. Thanks to everyone who supported us this weekend and throughout the year! Thank you to all of our sponsors, amazing volunteers and hard-working staff!